Hey Pocky Away, New Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo, Me And My Uncle, Mexicali Blues, To Lay Me Down, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > I Need A Miracle > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude > Sugar Magnolia, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Soundboard> Master Cassette> DAT> CD; Seeded by Charlie Miller; Converted to SHN and treed by Frank Venezia
July 8, 2019 Subject:
Strongest show yet of this run
I'm listening in sequential order. The dragon wakes up during "Sugaree" with some intense Jerry action. He's accenting in strange places during some extended ostinatos. The second set starts out with a brief announcement from Phil re: his son, then heads off to parts unknown. The "Playin" seems rudimentary at first, but then does actually go bananas for a short time.
Fun show, everything is either solid or better.
February 6, 2019 Subject:
Long with good energy.
December 18, 2017 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
November 3, 2009 Subject:
take what you need you think will last
Even though Brent f'd up the intro to Hey Pocky Way, this show does have great energy. Solid first set. To Lay Me Down and Ship o' Fools are the weak links tonight. Rocking second set! Nobody mentioned the Devil with a Blue Dress teases at the end of Sugar Mags!
These shows are about as good as it gets in 1988. It sounded like somebody woke Jerry up in Philly and he hasn't stopped yet. Thanks again Mr. Miller for a great sounding show. I love the archives!
August 9, 2009 Subject:
I have only one problem with this show. It's a little too sterile sounding. Jerry plays fairly straight throughout, avoiding the crazy noodling that characterizes his strongest performances. The clinical tightness of the band suggests to me that either everybody took too much of something or they didn't take enough.
The second set smokes, I personally don't like "Ship of Fools" that much because I think it's a momentum killer but the "China/Rider" before it is really nice and the "Estimated" into "Terrapin" works really well. The show round it up with a blasting, killer "Sugar Magnolia" , but then again those are always good. I would have liked to have been at this show.
December 29, 2006 Subject:
Mediocrity (or responsibility) in review
This show pops up if you sort the archive by average rating (it ranks a five star). Maybe I'm getting old but I'm wishing that there were some rules in reviewing shows. In my opinion giving a show a five star review because you had a five star time is not fair to everyone else trying to search for the best shows that they didn't attend. Personally, some of the best shows I attended I was so high or so thrilled or just in such a magnificent mood that the actual quality of the performance was ancillary to my personal experience. This is a fine show with good sound quality and good energy picking up in the second set for sure (I don't get the great reviews of any of the first set songs), but again, when I see five stars I'm expecting this recording to represent the best of all Dead shows of any year in any venue (it certainly isn't). I can give it a three or four in that it is a good SBD recording and there are no "clunkers" but I wish our rankings reflected our views of the actual band performance that night, not our individual experience at a particular gig. Sorry if I sound negative, I love every show, but there are so many and I rely on each of you to help me find the best. Cheers!
July 4, 2006 Subject:
I agree with the other reviews so far. This is a smoker. Lots of energy. I get chills from shows like this. I'm surprised this show hasnt gotten more attention. The China/Rider is hot as is the Masterpiece/Birdsong and Terrapin. The Sugar Mag is top notch. Not a dull moment throughout. I highly recommend getting a copy.
April 24, 2006 Subject:
'bout as good as a NYC show gets
Many many years ago... Far too many, it seems...
There was some incredible energy at this show, as there usually was when the boys came to NYC. However, this, unlike some performances that had their highs & their lows, is (IMO) the best of the best. Hey Pocky Way sets the tone for the energy level of this show, and it seems to never ebb. Masterpiece was a 1st for me, and I remember not being able to stop smiling as I felt I had been given a gift... And the Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Hey Jude(!)... Again.. OMFG!
I tend to judge shows somewhat critically, and, to be truthful, at times the energy level of this performance even overwhelms the band, at a few select points. But, this is not a condemnation of the performance, rather an endorsement! You know that when even the band gets swept up in the vibe, it is a truly special performance...
I had an audience copy of this show for many years and eventually wore out the oxide on my XLIIs! I would love to be able to d-load this Awesome SBD for listening at my own leisure, but,
still, I am thankful for the opportunity to re-live it again in all its glory!
This show is a smoker...excellent late-eighties rock n roll, high-energy MSG Dead.
The Minglewood rips; the China -> Rider is excellent and the Sugar Mag is phenomenal.
A keeper! Also, my 2nd show...so holds a special place in my heart.
March 11, 2005 Subject:
One Of '88's Best
The band is firing on all cylinders on this one.A consistent high energy show.Highlights include Minglewood,Uncle>Mexicali,China>Rider and a terrific Sugar Mags that adds a hint of GSET.The sound is exceptional as well.
July 7, 2004 Subject:
Like a Swiss Watch !!!
This Friday night show rocked!!!The boys were really on... My favorite of the run. Nice to have a board of this... :-)